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A few people might notice minor bits of reddish-pink in the toothpaste they spit out after brushing. Others detect bleeding occasionally as they floss. If you have noticed bleeding gums or blood in your spit after flossing, you should be wary: bleeding gums can be a side effect of periodontal disease or other grave disorders. Follow these steps to take suitable care of your gums.

If you’ve just begun a flossing routine and are noticing only a little bleeding or painful gums, continue your routine. Flossing is an oral healthy habit that will do miracles for your pearly whites and gums, but some people do notice a little bleeding at first. Over time, this will probably go away. If you’ve been flossing once per day for two or more weeks and haven’t noted a decrease in bleeding gums, let us know.

One of the common causes of bleeding gums is plaque (and tartar) accumulation. Plaque gathered around the gumline can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed. If you haven’t brushed for a little while, plaque can turn to tartar, a tougher substance that’s tough to eliminate and that can lead to gum disease. Ensure you’re brushing at least two times daily to avoid the onset of plaque buildup.

You should also be visiting your dentist often to keep your gums healthy. Whether you’ve got an active oral problem or are coming in for maintenance, Dr. Maria Hayes at Alluring Smiles, LLC in Gaithersburg, Maryland, will be able to assist you. If you’d like to set up a visit with our team, please call 301-637-6155 now.